JULIA Gillard could finally appear on Ballarat’s Prime Ministers Avenue, with the council set to invite the former prime minister to unveil her sculpture within weeks.
The statue has been gathering dust in storage at the Art Gallery of Ballarat for well over a year, with Ms Gillard yet to take up an invitation from the City of Ballarat to officially install it.
City of Ballarat chief executive Anthony Schinck said the council would make a formal approach to Ms Gillard about a suitable time to install the bust in coming weeks.
The statue was completed by political cartoonist Peter Nicholson after a series of sittings by Ms Gillard last year.
Mr Schinck said mayor John Burt would also get in touch with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to congratulate him on his win at last month’s federal election.
He said Mr Abbott would also be asked to be bronzed, with Mr Nicholson likely to complete the portrait.
“We’re confident the prime minister will want to continue this wonderful tradition,” he said.
Ms Gillard was deposed by Kevin Rudd during a battle over the Labor leadership in June.
Hers would become the 28th bust in the Prime Ministers Avenue collection of ex-leaders, located in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
An empty granite pedestal has been sitting in the gardens since last October, waiting for the sculpture to be unveiled.
Ms Gillard’s last visit to Ballarat was at the beginning of June, when she announced funding for a soccer facility and addressed concerns about dumped asbestos.